David's Panic Motivated Madness (Part 1) (1 Samuel 21:1-9)

Pastor David Zooeff, March 8, 2015
Part of the Life of David Series series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

David's fear of Saul led him to flee Gibeah in a panic. Motivated by fear instead of faith, David falls into patterns of sinning (which will have dramtaic consequences in the future). David should have fallen back on what he knew was true about God--that He is good and great. When we are confronted by trying circumstances we need to remember the Four Stabilizing Truths:
1) God's love for me is unchanging.
2) God's purpose for me is Christlikeness.
3) God's Word to me is the final, right answer.
4) God's grace for me is sufficient.

1 Samuel 21:1-9

1Then came David to Nob to Ahimelech the priest: and Ahimelech was afraid at the meeting of David, and said unto him, Why art thou alone, and no man with thee? 2And David said unto Ahimelech the priest, The king hath commanded me a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know any thing of the business whereabout I send thee, and what I have commanded thee: and I have appointed my servants to such and such a place. 3Now therefore what is under thine hand? give me five loaves of bread in mine hand, or what there is present. 4And the priest answered David, and said, There is no common bread under mine hand, but there is hallowed bread; if the young men have kept themselves at least from women. 5And David answered the priest, and said unto him, Of a truth women have been kept from us about these three days, since I came out, and the vessels of the young men are holy, and the bread is in a manner common, yea, though it were sanctified this day in the vessel. 6So the priest gave him hallowed bread: for there was no bread there but the shewbread, that was taken from before the LORD, to put hot bread in the day when it was taken away. 7Now a certain man of the servants of Saul was there that day, detained before the LORD; and his name was Doeg, an Edomite, the chiefest of the herdmen that belonged to Saul. 8And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king's business required haste. 9And the priest said, The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom thou slewest in the valley of Elah, behold, it is here wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: if thou wilt take that, take it: for there is no other save that here. And David said, There is none like that; give it me. (KJV)